- President Buhari condemned the killing of 19 people in Kogi State
- The attack by unknown Gun-men happened in Tawari community of Kogi State
- President Buhari called on the affected community not to involve in revenge Killings
President Buhari has on Friday condemned the killing of 19 people in Tawari community of Kogi Local Government area of Kogi State by Unknown Gun-men.
The president condemned the attack in a statement issued by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Friday, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He called on the affected communities to avoid taking the law into their owns hands as measures are in place to bring the attackers to book.
Buhari said: “There is no excuse or justification for killing innocent people by anybody or group, and for whatever motive. “The killings and revenge killings will only aggravate the cycle of violence, creating neither safety nor security for any side. People should avoid taking the law into their own hands because doing so could make a bad situation worse and undermine the government’s efforts to tackle security challenges. “I am gravely worried about frequency and temptation of using violence to settle disputes instead of following lawful and amicable means to avoid needless destruction of lives and property,’’ said the president.
The Gun-men set ablaze buildings including places of worship and palace of the king of the community.
The incident has been confirmed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Williams Anya, in an interview with Newsmen in the states capital, Lokoja on Friday, January 3.
Governor Yahaya Bello has since ordered the arrest of the attackers.